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Councilman Michael Nowakowski's Statement on Water Rate IncreaseCouncilman Michael Nowakowski's Statement on Water Rate Increase<div class="ExternalClassF35405ABF6484700B0B44838279C7379"><p>​"Today, I voted no on raising Phoenix residents water rates by 12% over the next two years.  Unfortunately, a majority of my colleagues on the City Council supported this and it passed.  With this increase, water rates for Phoenix residents will have increased by 17% over a 5-year period.  Today's vote hurt the most vulnerable people in our community. While I understand and support critical infrastructure needs in our city, I have concerns with the inaccurate forecasting that continues to put us in this situation.  I also fear that the revenue generated from these increases will not be properly accounted for. We cannot continue to raise rates on a resource that is a necessity for all people. We must do a better job forecasting and finding alternative ways to fund our infrastructure improvements.  I will continue to advocate for the District 7 residents I hear from regularly who can barely afford to pay their water bills at today's rates." <br></p></div>1/10/2019 1:00:00 AMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405